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Commenting on a new Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) today (Tuesday 29 May 2012), which shows that relying on shale gas to meet our future energy needs will cause catastrophic climate change, Friends of the Earth’s Energy Campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

“Drilling for shale and other unconventional gas would put the world on course for catastrophic climate change - incomprehensible when we have clean energy solutions at our fingertips like wind and solar power.

"Our changing climate is already leaving millions hungry, destroying wildlife and costing our own economy billions - more fossil fuels will just make that worse.

"There’s no guarantee the IEA's golden rules will eliminate the risk of earthquakes and water pollution - no wonder people are worried.

“The Energy Secretary knows shale gas is not the answer to our energy woes. He must convince the Government to cut energy waste and listen to the public who want more of their electricity to be powered by our sun, wind and water.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. For more information see the IEA website

2. A Friends of the Earth briefing on shale gas is available to download.

3. Friends of the Earth’s Clean British Energy campaign is urging the Government to listen to the public and transform our broken energy system by developing clean and affordable power from our wind, sun and water – backed by 85 per cent of the public. For too long the Big Six energy companies have locked Britain into importing costly gas and coal – causing our fuel bills to rocket. Backing renewable power and cutting energy waste will stabilise fuel bills and create new jobs.

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